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Legal news from Thursday, May 1, 2008
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday dismissed [opinion, PDF] an appeal of an injunction [PDF text; JURIST report] suspending a Washington state law that would require pharmacists to dispense Plan B emergency contraceptives [product backgrounder; JURIST news archive], the so-called "morning after" pill. US District Judge Ronald [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives voted 414-1 [roll call] on Thursday to pass the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) [HR 493 materials], a bill aimed at preventing employers and health insurers from discriminating against people who have a genetic predisposition to disease. Under the measure, employers would [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A scheduled May 10 referendum [JURIST news archive] on a new constitution proposed by Myanmar's ruling junta is a "sham" designed to legitimize military rule, according to a report [text; press release] released Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. HRW criticized the military government for arresting opposition [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] An Argentine human rights activist whose Wednesday disappearance sparked a nation-wide manhunt was released by his captors Thursday. Juan Evaristo Puthod, who was held at secret prisons during Argentina's "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive], had previously testified about the treatment of political prisoners under the country's 1976-83 [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Tyco International [corporate website] Wednesday reached an agreement with the state of New Jersey to settle a lawsuit [case materials] alleging that insider trading at the company cost the state $100 million in state employee pension funds. Under the settlement terms, Tyco will pay $73 million to New Jersey [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The leaders of Pakistan's coalition government reached agreement in Dubai on Thursday on the details of a deal on restoring superior court judges removed in November under President Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency [JURIST report], according to local media reports. GEO-TV said that the agreement would be formally announced [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The number of surveillance and search warrants approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [FJC backgrounder] increased again in 2007 to a record 2,370 warrants, according to a report [PDF text] released Wednesday by the US Department of Justice. The 2007 figure was up nine percent from 2006, [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] US military personnel - including Army psychologists and medics - continued to use or support "abusive" interrogation tactics even after such methods were prohibited by a 2003 memorandum, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] said Wednesday. According to documents [materials; press release] obtained by the ACLU pursuant [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department will share internal legal opinions authorizing the use of harsh interrogation tactics with members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Deputy Assistant Attorney General John P. Elwood told a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Elwood's comments came during a subcommittee hearing [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Beverly Martin on Wednesday rejected a challenge to Georgia's lethal injection protocol, ruling that the state's execution procedures were similar to Kentucky's method, determined by the Supreme Court to be constitutional [JURIST report]. Convicted murderer Jack Alderman had argued that the Georgia's lethal injection protocol is [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher Wednesday announced her resignation [press release, PDF] effective May 23. Fisher served as the head of the DOJ's Criminal Division, which concentrated primarily on fraud and corruption cases under her tenure. AP has more.In 2005, US President George W. Bush used a recess [read more]

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